I got a call from Barbara who handles press releases and media requests for Time’s Up. They were on their way to Toronto for the CMWC and couldn’t facilitate a last minute request for Public Television Germany. Apparently a crew was in town to make a short segment on the rise in popularity of fixed gears. Who better to represent this than the bike blog guy…me. I mean, I’m big in Germany, or soon will be. Yes, I am a big ham. Its all part of the game. Getting more people on bikes. Playing nice with the press. So I meet up with the crew and we decided to shoot some riding around and an interview. I wanted to point them in the right direction, talk to local people and maybe even visit a bike shop or two. Unfortunatly a lot of people had left for Toronto, including King Kog, who I felt was the closest place and best representation of how this trend is blowing up into style and fashion.
The best part was slowing down impatient Brooklyn drivers as they shot out of a minivan interviewing me on why I liked a bike with no hand brakes.
Along the way we ran into Jack Crank who got some screen time. Jack was instrumental in getting my bike back.
shown here at the NYC bicycle film festival block party (I thanked him with a bottle of wine)
I saw Jack and a friend heading to work and yelled to them to come be German TV stars:
Eventually we headed over to NYC Bikes and talked with Richard who was very articulate about the whole scene.
They wanted a bicycle retailer to talk about who are these people buying track bikes and why? His basic attitude was like mine, brakes or no brakes…its complicated…as long as more people are buying and riding bikes…who cares.
Shooting outside of NYC bikes on Roebling.
Then they had me riding through red lights up the wrong way on Bedford Ave. Hmmm? Not necessarily the safest moves, but they assured me it looked good on video.
Their producer is sending me a copy on DVD. I hope some of my blog readers speak German, or maybe I don’t.
Painted on a roll gate on Grand Ave. in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Senator Obama meet with bicycle industry leaders including Bikes Belong, executive director, Tim Blumenthal on June 12th. The democratic presidential nominee told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects. He also pledged to support Safe Routes to Schools programs, in a historic meeting of bicycle retailers and industry leaders, showing a commitment to the bicycle as transportation.
On July 25th, 26th, and 27th, the Baltimore bicycle community welcomes you to the Mid-Atlantic Bicyculture Gathering…the first event of its kind, in hopes of spotlighting the bicycle as more than just a means of alternative transportation but as an all out way of life, thought, and identity. In promoting bicycle awareness, the 3-day gathering will host an array of events ranging from races, bike films,and group rides to art, music, workshops and, of course, parties!’
There are many reasons to go to the beach this summer by bicycle. Its fun…its frickin hot, and we have lots of attainable beaches nearby. So here are some opportunities to get there either with group rides or by yourself.
1) Time’s Up presents the: CONEY ISLAND CYCLONE RIDE Friday, June 20th
3 Spots to meet up at: 7 p.m.- Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge 7:25- Carroll Street Drawbridge, Brooklyn (between Nevins and Bond) 7:50- 69th Street Pier, Brooklyn (Shore Parkway Bike Path Entrance)
The Cyclone Ride goes to Coney Island Amusement Park (Brooklyn) from Manhattan. They should get there just in time for the fireworks! This is a casual ride at a relaxed pace. Bring locks and plan to lock up and ride the rides. Bring money for food and amusements, and a swimsuit if you plan to hit the waves. The group usually spends about an hour and a half in the park, on the beach (and in the water!), on the boardwalk, at Nathan’s, and everyone has a GREAT time! Some people return on the subway, and others ride back at a faster pace.
This ride repeats 2 other times…Friday July 11th and Friday August 22nd.
Saturday the 21st, 2008
the 26th annual Mermaid Parade brought you by the fine folks of Coney Island USA.
Get out your glitter, pasties, and cheap pirate hats and head out to one of the best events in NYC.
The parade starts at 2pm.
This years King Neptune and Queen Mermaid are those great saviors of public space and proselytizer of the evils of over consumption (not to mention he baptized me at the greatest bachelor party ever) Reverend Billy and Savitri D.
Will this be the last one before the wrecking ball turns the wonderfully seedy Coney Island into Chucky Cheese and Target? Don’t wait to find out.
Then on June 29th, the inclusive Jewish organization, Hazon, which means “Vision” in Hebrew presents:
Join Hazon for this day of biking and beach lounging! We’re starting from multiple locations and biking to Coney Island.. It’s free, so bring your friends, compadres, family and your favorite bicycle, and ride toward the watery horizon.
The Rides converge at Coney Island (around 1pm) at Asser Levy Park, at the corner of Surf Avenue and Ocean Avenue — tell your non-riding friends to meet us there! We will ride together to the Shorefront Y for lunch.
Time’s Up is also doing a ride that day as well:
7. BEACH RIDE Sunday, June 29 11 a.m. City Hall Park (Across from the Brooklyn Bridge entrance in Manhattan) 11:30 a.m. Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park in Brooklyn
It’s summertime so let’s go to the beach! This will be a great bike ride to Fort Tilden (Rockaways) beach. Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, food and/or money for food, and a lock for your bike if you don’t want to leave it on the beach. We will be having a communal picnic lunch so BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE (or take a quick detour to the grocery store in Breezy Point!) Come prepared (tools, tubes, water, etc) to ride some miles at a brisk pace.
FonssecaFilms …featuring the music of Kanye West, “Flashing Lights” and these skilled San Francisco Riders. Donald Arrodondo Chris Cox Chris Fonseca Jason Clary Terry Barentsen Matt Rice Edited By Chris Fonseca
Informed me of this HELL RIDE in Santa Cruz, where you vote for your favorite rider male and female, and then 8 of them get to go into Forest fire riddled California and torture themselves for sweet 5,000 bicycles.
I dunno, but this contestant has my vote…
Besides…”The Butcher” doesn’t need cocaine to be a winner!!
Special Shout out to: cyclinglyfstyle for commuting with baby on bicycle and dealing with flood waters of Iowa.
Well what roundup would be complete without a trip to Bikesnob who turned 1 year old on Friday the 13th. Happy Anniversary…thanks for making a wonderful place for making fun of the ridiculous side of cycling, like this self proclaimed Messiah of American Cycling…Michael Ball.
Seen here on the right, not to be confused with race promoter John Eustice
Ok, for those who don’t know…Michael Ball, is a fashion mogul who designs $200 jeans for Victoria Beckham’s behind. He is also an avid cyclist and owner of the Rock Racing team which he seems to be putting all of his time into, when he’s not working on his charities as seen in a snip-it of this press conference…
Trust him, the girls are wearing t-shirts for Rock the Cure…ok T-shirts…what more do you need then that for a good cause.
They’ll all be up in Harlem tomorrow, for the Father’s Day Harlem Classic. For those few messengers and former messengers who didn’t go to the world championships in Toronto, they’ll be uptown too racing.
this is a good time to mention that the New York Bike Messenger Association website, seems to be coming back to life and has some info on Sunday’s event.
You remember summer camp? Mom would write your name on your underwear, you couldn’t wait to see which cute girls/boys had gotten even cuter and might even talk to you. Ghost stories…puberty…
Well now its time for a summer camp theme for the 6th Bike shorts. This is a great, fun reoccurring event to get people to show off their short films about bicycles. Many filmmakers of bike shorts past were able to get their works in this years Bicycle Film Festival.
The submission deadline is June 28th…so get crackin.